Hoffman is a 6-foot-4-inch, 200-pound wide receiver prospect that runs a 4.6 forty, which goes well with his size. Hoffman's strengths as a wideout obviously come with his size and leaping ability, which made him an attractive prospect to Cougar coaches.
"BYU first contacted me about two weeks ago," recalled Hoffman. "Coach Doman contacted me and I really didn't know much of anything about BYU and the program at the time."
As mentioned, Hoffman came to the attention of the Cougar coaches by way of one of head coach Bronco Mendenhall's former college friends. Terry Vance is one of Hoffman's teachers in high school, he informed the BYU staff about him.
"I'm very grateful to Mr. Vance for getting the word out about me," said Hoffman. "I'm obviously from a small school, so we don't get a lot of attention out here, so it's not always easy for coaches to know about you."
Hoffman starred at wide receiver for his small school, catching about 50 passes last season for more than 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. BYU coaches evidently saw enough of him on film to have him visit the campus, upon which he was then met with an offer.
Hoffman visited BYU last weekend and really didn't know what to expect as he boarded his plane to Provo. After being shown around, he grew to really like what BYU had to offer, however.
"I didn't know what to expect exactly, but I was excited to have the chance to take an official visit there," said Hoffman. "My host was Braden Brown, who is a great guy who I really got along with well and he made me feel real comfortable."
Hoffman did the usual touring of the facilities, meetings with coaches, eating lots of good food and the now-traditional snowmobiling excursion, but for Hoffman, it was something else that led to his commit more than anything else.
"Everything was great, but it was mostly being around the players that led me to commit," said Hoffman. "I really got along with the guys and I could see myself being part of the team. The players are really nice and accepted me right away."
Hoffman is not LDS, but is very much in line with the honor code.
"I like the standards that BYU has and I'll definitely be able to live by the honor code," said Hoffman. "BYU will be a place where I can really concentrate on school and stay out of trouble."
Hoffman met with Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall and was struck by how relaxed and straightforward he was.
"He's just a relaxed and confident guy," said Hoffman about his future head coach. "He's very direct and he's a fair coach. You could tell that he's fair to his players, which is what you want."
Hoffman may be considered as a future YR, but for right now the plans are for him to play on the outside at either the XR or ZR positions.
Having the opportunity to play for a program like BYU isn't something Hoffman thought he'd have a chance to do growing up in a small town. Now that he'll have that opportunity, Hoffman couldn't be more grateful.
"I'm just grateful that all the hard work I've put in is going to be paid off", said Hoffman. "I know that I'm worthy of the scholarship, but you don't always know if you're going to get noticed, so I'm grateful to everyone, to Terry Vance for letting the coaches know about me, and to BYU for giving me a scholarship. I plan on working at least as hard when I get to BYU and I'm excited to have this opportunity."